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Pea Soup Andersen's

Pea Soup Andersen's

Today marks the last day of January and therefore, the last day of National Soup Month. I knew that I wanted to share one last soup with you guys, but I wasn't sure which one. That's when I remembered Pea Soup Andersen's. If you have ever driven up I-5 in California, then you know the place (there are actually a few others, but this is the one I know of). It's the kitschy Danish roadside coffee-shop institution with a world-famous split pea soup. Whenever I visit my brother in LA, I always feel the need to stop and get a bowl for my journey home. Now, I no longer need to drive down I-5 for a taste, I can now make it at home. For the secret Pea Soup Andersen's recipe,

Andersen's Split Pea Soup

8 cups water
2 cups green split peas
1 Rib celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 tsp thyme
Dash red pepper sauce
1 bay leaf

Combine water, peas, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, red pepper, and bay leaf in large kettle. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Boil vigorously 20 minutes, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until split peas are tender. Press soup through fine sieve and reheat just to boiling point.

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
love their sign. so quaint!
piraterie piraterie 10 years
Oh, Pea Soup Andersen's! One of my favorite places to eat ever; unfortunately, I'm not in California as often as I'd like to be these days, and I haven't had the chance to eat there in far too long. But, mmm, so good. I'll definitely have to try out this recipe.
Advah Advah 10 years
Oooh amazing I've always wanted to try cooking one of those soups! Do I need to leave the peas in some water for the whole night or something like that?
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
I love pea soup - never been to CA so I'm not familiar with this, but it sounds so easy I'll have to try it. One of my worst cooking horror stories involves my one and only attempt at pea soup. Oh the humanity!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
I love Anderson Pea Soup and love the picture even more, YUM!!!
lauren lauren 10 years
I would always stop their with my parents on the roadtrips back and forth from southern to northern california.........memories
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 10 years
I used to eat there when I lived in California. I need to make this soup now!
Mama-Ward Mama-Ward 10 years
I love Pea Soup Andersen's! I have great pictures of me and my cousins with our heads through those holes splitting peas when we were kids. I didn't know that it was still around! And wow...didn't realize how simple the soup was...I will have to give the recipe a try...
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